The Wild Plants of the Burren and the Aran Islands: A Field Guide

The Wild Plants of the Burren and the Aran Islands: A Field Guide


By (author) Charles Nelson

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  • Publisher: The Collins Press
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 10mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1905172672
  • ISBN 13: 9781905172672
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: New Expanded ed.
  • Illustrations note: full colour illustrations, 120 colour photos
  • Sales rank: 323,725

Product description

The Burren and the Aran Islands are renowned worldwide for their beautiful wild flowers and plants. Charles Nelson has selected 136 of the most widely occurring plus a number of special plants. Each plant is illustrated by a colour photograph showing it in the wild. To make this a more personal guide, space is provided on each page to record the place and date of discovery. Thus, the guide becomes a souvenir of rambles in search of wild flowers. Introduced by short chapters on the region plus user instructions, the photographs are grouped according to flower colour and pages are colour coded so one can flick to the appropriate section. Intended for the casual tourist/nature lover, plants are described using the common English name, followed by Irish and Latin (botanical) names. Flowering periods and each plant's distribution are given.

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Author information

Dr Charles Nelson was senior research botanist and horticultural taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. He authored/co-authored many books about gardens and plants and presented a series of television programmes for RTE entitled 'A Growing Obssession' (about Irish gardens), and for many years contributed to the radio programme 'Sunday Miscellany.'

Review quote

'A well-organised and extremely satisfactory little naturalist's handbook' Books Ireland 'Attractive illustrated guide' Sherkin Comment 'Modest yet marvellously practical book' Walking World Ireland